I don't venture outside of the NFL very often. The majority of my news sources are focused on the NFL and other than catching a score here or there, or checking out future NFL players, I can't say I'm a big college football junkie. However, I have been following the tail end of this mess with KU and head coach Mark Mangino.
The story's been hot on sports talk radio in Kansas City but here's a quick version: KU athletic director Lew Perkins held a meeting with the KU football players concerning some stories of verbal and physical abuse from current and former players. An independent and unbiased person will conduct an internal investigation into the allegations.
The allegations have the majority of afternoon radio time devoted to determining what will come of this.
Chiefs WR Bobby Wade played under head coach John Mackovic at Arizona and experienced a similar situation from the players view. Mackovic was under similar circumstances to Mangino where former and current players were complaining of verbal abuse from the coach.
Wade talked about these experiences on 810 WHB.
Wade points out that when new coaches come in, "a lot of them start to second guess themselves with where they're at and talk about transfers and stuff like that." Just like a new head coach in the NFL, there's a lot of change in the program with a new head coach.
"The players felt it was getting ridiculous. He thought it was more about him and not the program," Wade said.
Mackovic reportedly told one of the tight ends that he was a disgrace to his family. This led to a backdoor meeting with some of the players and the school president.
"It was a players only thing," Wade explained, "and the players went in there and talked to the president and told them what they felt about it."
Sound a little familiar? Yeah, that's pretty similar to the situation in Kansas. Wade says that it got to the point that some players, mainly the younger ones, let Mackovic "take a lot of the love of the game out of them."